ALEX DE WAAL

Board Chairman

Alex is Chair of JA’s Board, and was one of its original founders. He is executive director of the World Peace Foundation and a research professor at Tufts University. Considered one of the foremost experts on Sudan and the Horn of Africa, his scholarly work and practice has also probed humanitarian crisis and response, human rights, HIV/AIDS and governance in Africa, and conflict and peace-building. From 2009 to 2011 he served as senior advisor to the African Union High Level Implementation Panel for Sudan. He was also program director at the Social Science Research Council, with responsibilities for research programs on humanitarian issues and HIV/AIDS and social transformation. His academic research has focused on issues of famine, conflict and human rights in Africa. He was awarded an OBE in the UK New Year’s Honours List of 2009, was on the Prospect/Foreign Policy list of 100 public intellectuals in 2008 and the Atlantic Monthly list of 27 ‘brave thinkers’ in 2009.

‘Truth-telling only works when the grassroots are empowered… it cannot work now because there are still examples of people being killed for telling the truth.’

CHIBUZO OKPALA

Board Member

Chibuzo is a certified accountant (FCCA) and a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE).
His accounting background started with BSc Accountancy from the University of Nigeria Nsukka.
On coming to the UK, he trained and qualified as a Certified Accountant with Trustient (now part of Hays-Macintyre) where he was part of the Charity Services Department, providing accounts and audit services, specialist VAT and tax services, and management reporting and systems review services.
He also worked in Sayer Vincent where he worked with a range of clients, and managed a portfolio which includes social development charities, housing co-operatives and grant-making organisations.
Chibuzo is currently the Accountant for Justice Africa UK and is responsible for Justice Africa’s book-keeping and financial systems.

‘We can stop fighting and sign peace agreements at any time, but still, the wounded heart, not the wounded body, is very difficult to heal.’

PAULOS TESFAGIORGIS

Board Member

Paulos, a lawyer and human rights activist, established the only licensed regional centre for human rights and development in post-independent Eritrea.
He was a co-founder and subsequently head of the Eritrean Relief Association during the Eritrean independence war.
He has a masters degree in law from McGill University, Canada and has been a lecturer in law at the University of Asmara, Eritrea.
He was awarded the Rafto Prize in 2003 for his work.

‘In the local courts, women are not respected and they are silenced. People take the idea that when they kill, if they just pay with cows then they’ll be free.’

EDDIE THOMAS

Board Member
Eddie Thomas worked in Sudan and South Sudan as a teacher, human rights worker and researcher for over ten years, and has written several books about Sudan and South Sudan.

‘People take the idea that when they kill, if they just pay with cows then they’ll be free.’